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Phillip Fulmer on Kiffin: 'You better be able to back it up'

Sure, I’m a native of the New York area, but even I was able to recognize a famous SEC football coach when I saw one at CBS College Sports’ studios at Chelsea Piers Tuesday.

Turns out the former Tennessee coach Phillip Fulmer is doing studio work this season for the channel. So I sat down and talked to him for a few minutes.  

WatchDog: Is TV a possible full-time career for you?  

Fulmer: I think I’m in the process of determining that. I’ve done an hour-long live television show for 17 years on Sundays during the fall, so I have some experience with that. I was fortunate enough to go to ESPN during the bowl season and was on there with their group. And then I did the recruiting for CBS College Sports in February and obviously countless interviews and specials and those kinds of things.

So I think I have a general idea, but I wanted to get involved more from the inside and find out how it works. These are great people and have a great passion for what they do. I’m in a place right now we’re I’m just trying to create options for myself. I didn’t want to be off at this time but since I am I think I’ve tried to take advantage of it, and this is one of the things I’m looking at.  

WatchDog: Are you definitely done with coaching?  

Fulmer: I’m not done with coaching, if I get the right kind of opportunity. I’m not just going to go to some place that’s a dead end. If I get the right kind of opportunity I definitely think I have a lot to give to a program. Not only my experience but still being a young guy [58] that’s excited about coaching. I have a lot of experiences under my belt. I have visited a bunch of camps, been to Miami, I’ll be at the Giants, I’ll be at the Colts. I’ve been at Ohio State.

WatchDog: Is the NFL a possibility?

Fulmer:  I’ve had lots of chances to do the NFL thing over my career and have chosen not to. But I love the game, love pro football. I didn’t want to move my children around but now they’re all grown, so absolutely I’m looking at any and all possibilities. But I’d like to be a head coach again at a good place.  

WatchDog: What do you think of Lane Kiffin’s tumultuous start at Tennessee?

Fulmer: Well, I did it my way as I thought I would want to be representative of a school and I’m proud of what we accomplished. We won a lot of football games and had a lot of great players and championships and all those kinds of things.

I just think everyone has to be their own way. If you’re going to be brash you better be able to back it up. I’m a fan of Tennessee. Absolutely, that’s my school and those are my players for the most part and I want them to do extremely well.

Photo: AP

Tags: CBS , SEC

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